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The stonecutters and the cathedral builder

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 27, 2008
Filed in Anecdotes, Business storytelling

Here is one of the stories I heard at KM Australia as told by John Girard. On a foggy autumn day nearly 800 years ago a traveller happened upon a large group of workers adjacent to the River Avon. Despite being tardy for an important rendezvous curiosity convinced the traveller that he should inquire about […]

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What an artist and computer scientist can do with stories

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 26, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling

Jonathan Harris loves playing around with stories and in this 20 minute presentation at the 2007 TED he gives three examples of his work. He seems facinated with how you can collect stories and them represent then using computer graphics. The project I found most interesting, and it was reminiscent of Cognitive Edge’s ground-breaking work […]

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Being a connector has its risks

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 25, 2008
Filed in Collaboration

New research has shown that we notice popular people and don’t notice unpopular people. OK, so we probably didn’t need research to tell us that but Cameron Anderson and Aiwa Shirako were investigating how reputations form and Dave Munger at Cognitive Daily describe the results this way: It turns out that your reputation for cooperativeness […]

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Trust creating behaviours

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 24, 2008
Filed in Culture

I went to KM Australia this week and the issue of trust was mentioned many times. I noticed, however, that very few people went beyond generic statements like trust is essential for knowledge sharing, trust is the bandwidth of communication etc. I find these high-level statements unhelpful in practice and so I suggested to the […]

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A bunch of Robert McKee resources

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 21, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling

I think one of the first books I read on storytelling was Story by Robert McKee. It’s written from the perspective of a screenwriter and conveys a tremendous understanding of story structure. Today I noticed Presentation Zen blogged a long post reviewing a Harvard Business Review article by McKee, some video interviews and a myriad […]

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Unfinished business enhances mindfulness

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 18, 2008
Filed in Business storytelling

The story goes that Bluma Zeigarnik was sitting in a cafe in Vienna (as all good psychologists do) and noticed that the waiters were able to remember long and complicated orders up to the point where the orders were delivered to the table and placed in front of the correct patron. After this point the […]

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Cool blog posts that I don’t mention

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 15, 2008
Filed in Employee Engagement, News

I’m sure you have plenty of things to read and another stream of information is the last thing you are interested in. But for those who just want more I discovered Google Reader enables me to share posts which I might not ever make a comment about. Here is the link.

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Someone has hacked my Skype account

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 14, 2008
Filed in News

I have had two people now report bizarre messages that appear to be from me but I certainly didn’t send. So please let me know if I have skyped you with a comment which seems out of character and I will report it to Skype.

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What’s real work at your work?

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 14, 2008
Filed in Strategy

Last week I ran a half day workshop to get a group thinking about their knowledge strategy. We got into a conversation about what things constrain knowledge-related practices such as peer assists, after action reviews, decision games etc., and one of the participants hit the nail on the head, “we have our real work and […]

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Avoiding reinventing the wheel

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 9, 2008
Filed in Strategy

When we help organisations develop their knowledge strategies we encourage them to focus their efforts on a few areas. We have listed some of the areas that have emerged in past projects and we tend to use this list as a starting point. One of the focus areas is ‘Avoid reinventing the wheel’ and I […]

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